Origin of scurf
Examples from the Web for scurf
The heel should be well but gently washed with soap and water, and as much of the scurf detached as is easily removable.Domestic Animals|Richard L. Allen
Many who went there covered with scurf returned plump and fair, and scarce like the same people.A Voyage to the South Sea|William Bligh
But in another passage he calls kermes, not improperly, a scurf or scab of the tree, scabies fruticis.
It was the sole tree of the host clad thus in scurf bearing a semblance of livid metal.The Tragic Comedians, Complete|George Meredith
To remove the scurf in porrigo furfurans, applied twice a day diluted with warm water.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II|Arnold Cooley
British Dictionary definitions for scurf
Word Origin for scurf
Word Origin and History for scurf
late Old English sceorf, from Proto-Germanic *skurf- (cf. Danish skurv, Middle Dutch scorf, Dutch schurft, Old High German scorf, German Schorf "scurf"), probably related to Old English sceorfan "to gnaw," scearfian "to cut into shreds," from PIE *skerp-, from root *(s)ker- "to cut" (see shear (v.)).